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Politics in Perspective

God will bring every earthly government to ruin.

The LORD brings the counsel of nations to nothing; he frustrates the plans of the peoples. The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD...

  - Psalm 33.10-12

The frail, oppressive, and fleeting glory/of the kings of the present world is laid low by God's will.

  - Colum Cille, Altus Prosator (Irish, 6th century)

The present political season - which is pretty much year 'round these days - is straining toward its apogee. The rhetoric is hot, hostile, haughty, and, frankly, ho-hum.

Does it matter who gets elected? Who runs the government? Certainly it does, at least in the short run.

But in the long run, the government that matters is God's government of this and every nation. And no matter who becomes president or who controls the Congress for the next however many years, God's Word and counsel remain unchanged. If our poitical leaders, whoever they may be, think to govern this nation apart from or contrary to the counsel of God and the purposes of His economy, they will surely drive our ship of state onto the shoals and rocks of self-destruction, thrust there by the irresistible wind of the Holy Spirit of God.

It's strange, this time around, how few are the voices declaring, "Thus says the Lord," to candidates of all parties and at all levels. The prophetic voice of the Christian community seems almost to have gone silent. Shortly we will celebrate a "Freedom of the Pulpit" day, when ministers will be encouraged to make bold and say something political from their pulpits on this one Sunday of the year.


We do not place our hope in politics. We do not submit, in the last analysis, to a government with roots only in this world. We do not work to advance the cause of democracy or the American ideals; rather, we seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.

And, yes, we recognize that so doing requires us to be involved in the political process here and now, but what good is it to be "involved" if we are not working to advance the Kingdom of God by every resource, at every opportunity, and in every segment and sector of the political process?

God will bring every earthly government to ruin. His Kingdom, on the other hand, is forever.

Let us make certain that our involvement with the former is at all time consonant with our commitment to the latter.

T. M. Moore, Principal

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T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.
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